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Cell Group – El Medina

2008 is off to a running start! I don’t know that I have a lot of “news” but as I was posting new pictures and writing some comments decided I wanted to share with maybe the two people who check this page about some of the mighty ways I have the privilege to see & participate in what God is doing in the lives of those in my cell group.

One of the biggest problems of the traditional evangelical church in the Dominican Republic is that it in many ways has been a place of legalism… there to receive those who want to fit in its rules. Knowing Jesus does bring remarkable change to our lives, but many churches are not all that accepting of those who are sick. Jesus said the church is a place for the sick… those who have need, whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, or any combination. The church I am a part of has been & sometimes is looked down upon by other pious believers because we are radicals that seek to follow Jesus as opposed to a rule book.

In our church, in the cell group I have the privilege of leading, are those whose lives are in transformation. Not all, but some have been saved by grace out of the pits of drugs, alcoholism, abusive & broken relationships. None of us has yet arrived, but the grace of Jesus has made each of us a new creation. His mercy, new every morning, continues the redeeming work in our lives.

I’m always struck by the story of Hosea, a prophet of the Lord called to marry a prostitute. So often each of us is that prostitute, that addict, the one who is so broken that only His eternal, never-failing love can heal our sickness. What a privilege & honor it is for me to be a part of the lives of the faces you can see on the album page! Their lives bless mine & teach me more about our Savior & Loving Father everyday. I ask for your prayers.